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List of all the languages in the world [2020]

We have created a list of all the languages of the world alphabetical order.

In the last post, we have discussed the number of languages in the world. In this post, we discuss the various recorded languages in the world.

There are thousands of languages in the world and despite all the search people could not collect the complete list of all the languages in the world as many of the languages go extinct.

Each of these written forms has several scripts that have been preserved on stone tablets, papyrus, paper, and now online.

There are many tribes that have no contact with modern civilization and it will take many more years before we can even get the complete list of languages spoken in the world.

Update June 2020: We have changed the list of languages of the world into alphabetical order. It will help our readers who are either linguists or aspiring polyglots who are already on their way to master their favorite languages.

List of All the Languages in the World

There are more than 7,000 languages in the world today and these languages are spoken by 7.7 Billion people who live in 200 countries.

We have written a post which answers the question How many Languages are there in the world.

List of languages of the world in alphabetical order

Linguists work hard and research about the cultures in the world and learn about what kind of languages the people in these cultures and civilizations spoke.

There are hundreds of linguists who help discover the written communications of some of the ancient civilizations.

Languages that start with A

Abaza Language

The Abaza language is a language spoken by the Abazins people in Russia and in Turkey. Abaza language is one of the official languages in Karachay-Cherkessia.

The Abaza language is spoken by 35,000 Russians and about 10,000 people in Turkey.

  • For more information, you can visit the first Abaza Language Online Dictionary Abazinka.

Abellen Language

The Abellen language is known by different names such as Abenlen, Aburlin, and Ayta Abellen. Abellen language is spoken in Tarlac province situated in the Philippines.

There are about 3,000 people who speak Abellen language in the Aeta communities of the Philippines.

Abenaki Language

Abenaki language is also known as Abnaki. The Abenaki language is spoken in the Quebec province of Canada and some northern states of New England in the United States of America.

The Abenaki language is endangered and there are only 5 known people who speak it today. The last person who spoke fluent Abenaki was Madeline Shay of the Penobscot tribe.

Madeline Shay the last known fluent speaker of Abenaki language died in 1993.

Famous Abenaki Language literature, writers and their books

  • Henry Lorne Masta wrote Abenaki Legends, Grammar, and Place Names in 1932.
  • Jesse Bruchac wrote The Language of Basket Making, Mosbas and the Magic Flute, The Woman and the Kiwakw, Nisnol Siboal: Two Rivers: Poems in English and Abenaki, The Gospel of Mark Translated into the Abenaki Indian, English and French Languages.
  • Joseph Laurent wrote New Familiar Abenakis and English Dialogues: The First Ever Published on the Grammatical System.
  • Joseph Bruchac wrote Indian mountain, and other poems (1971), Native American animal stories, The native American sweat lodge : history and legends, and many more books.

Abkhaz Language

Abkhaz is also spelled as Abxaz. Abkhaz is also known by its other name Abkhazian. It is spoken by the Abkhaz people who live in different countries including Turkey, Adjara, Syria, Jordan, Russia, and many western countries.

The Abkhaz language is spoken by approximately 100,000 people.

Adangme or Dangme Language

The Adangme language is also sometimes known as Dangme language, Dangme or Adangbi. Adangme language is a Kwa language and it is spoken mostly in the south-eastern Ghana region.

The Adangme language is spoken by the Dangme (Dangmeli) people.

There are more than 800,000 speakers of Andangme/Dangme/Dangme/Adangbi language.

Adangbe Language

Agotime Language is also known as Adangbe, Dangbe and Adangbe language. It is spoken mostly in Togo and Ghana.

There are 4,000 people who speak Agotime/Adanbe, Dangbe, Adangbe language in the African countries of Togo and Ghana.

Adyghe Language

Adyghe is also known as Adyghe, West Circassian. Adyghe/West Circassian is one of the official languages of the Republic of Adygea in the Russian Federation.

The Adyghe language is spoken by many tribes such as the Adyghe people, Abzekh, Adamey, Bzhedug, Hatuqwai, Temirgoy, Mamkhegh, Natekuay, Shapsug, Zhaney, and Yegerikuay.

There are 128,000 people who speak Adyghe/West Circassian in Russia.

Afar Language

Afar language is also known as ’Afar Af, Afaraf, Qafar af. It is spoken in the African region of Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia.

There are 1,973,800 people who speak the Afar/ ‘Afar Af, Afaraf, Qafar Af language.

Afrikaans Language

Afrikaans is a language that is widely spoken in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. It is a West Germanic Language.

Afrikaans is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa.

It is said that Afrikaans has influences and its roots from English, Khoi, Xhosa, Asian Malay, Malagasy, San, Portuguese, and Fresch languages.

There are more than 15 million speakers of Afrikaans.

The term Afrikaans comes from the Dutch language which means simply African.

Ainu Language

The Ainu language is also called as Ainuic, Aynu. Ainu language is mostly spoken by the Ainu people who live in the Northern part of Japan.

Ainu is a group of languages or a language family which has different varieties. The only surviving variety is the Hokkaido Ainu.

The UNESCO has listed the Hokkaido Ainu in the critically endangered language list.

Ajië Language

Ajië Language is also known as Houailoy, Wailu, Wai, A’jie. Ajie is spoken in New Caledonia.

The Ajie language has about 4000 speakers.

Akan Language

The Akan language is spoken by the Akan people of Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Togo. The Akan language is spoken by more than 11 million in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Togo.

Albanian Language

The Albanian language is spoken in many countries including Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, and Romania.

The Albanian language is spoken by 7.5 million people in the world.


Aleut
Amdang
Amharic
Ancient Egyptian Language
Angika
Nepal
Apache
Arabic
Aragonese
Aragon
Aramaic
Arapaho
Armenian
Armenian (Eastern)
Armenian (Western)
Arrernte
Assamese
Asturian
Avar
Avestan
Aymara
Äynu
Azerbaijani

Languages that start with B
Baga
Bai
Balinese
Balti
Bambara
Bantu
Basa-Gumna
Bashkir
Basque
Bassa
Batak
Belarusian
Bemba
Bengali
Berber
Berta
Bislama
Blackfoot
Bodo
Bosnian
Breton
Buginese
Buhid
Bulgarian
Burmese

Languages that start with C
Cahuill
Cantonese
Carrier
Catalan
Cayuga
Cebuano
Chamorro
Chechen
Cherokee
Chewa
Cheyenne
Chhattisgarhi
Chickasaw
Chinese
Chinese (Classical)
Chipewyan
Choctaw
Chuvash
Cimbrian
Comanche
Coptic
Cornish
Corsican
Cree
Croatian
Cupeño
Czech

Languages that start with D
Dakhini
Dakota
Dalecarlian
Danish
Dargwa
Dari
Dhivehi
Drehu
Dungan
Dutch
Dzongkha

Languages that start with E
Egyptian Arabic
English
Erzya
Esperanto
Estonian
Evenki
Ewe
Eyak

Languages that start with F
Faroese
Fijian
Fiji Hindi
Filipino
Finnish
Fon
French
Frisian (North)
Frisian (Saterland)
Frisian (West)
Friulian
Fula
Fur

Languages that start with G
Ga
Galician
Gan
Ge’ez
Georgian
German
Gikuyu
Gilbertese
Godoberi
Gothic
Greek
Greenlandic
Guaraní
Gujarati
Gumuz
Gurung
Gwich’in

Languages that start with H
Haida
Hainanese
Haitian Creole
Hakka
Harari
Hausa
Hawaiian
Hebrew
Herero
Himba
Hindi
Hindustani
Hiri Motu
Hmong
Hopi
Hungarian

Languages that start with I
Icelandic
Ido
Igbo
Ik
Ilocano
Indonesian
Ingush
Interlingua
Inuktitut
Inupiat
Irish –
Isthmus Nahuatl
Italian

Languages that start with J
Japanese
Javanese
Judaeo-Spanish
Jutish
Jèrriais

Languages that start with K
Kabardian
Kabyle
Kaingang
Kannada
Kanuri
Karakalpak
Karamojong
Karelian
Kashmiri
Kashubian
Kazakh
Kelantanese Malay
Kendeje
Khakas
Khmer
Khoekhoe
Khowar
Kinyarwanda
Kiribati
Konkani
Korean
Kuliak
Kumyk
Kurdish
Kurdish (Southern)
Kurmanji
Kutchi
Kwadi

Languages that start with L
Ladakhi
Ladin
Lakota
Lao
Latin
Latvian
Laz
Leonese
Lepcha
Limbu
Limburgish
Lingala
Lisu
Lithuanian
Livonian
Low German
Low Prussian Dialect
Luba-Kasai
Luganda
Luiseño
Luo
Luri
Luxembourgish

Languages that start with M
Maasai
Macedonian
Magahi
Magar
Maithili
Makassarese
Malagasy
Malay
Malayalam
Maltese
Manchu
Mandarin
Manx
Marathi
Marshallese
Masalit
Meitei
Miami-Illinois – Myaamia
Michoacán Nahuatl
Min
Min Bei
Min Dong
Min Nan
Min Zhong
Mon
Mongolian
Montenegrin
Muscogee Creek
Musgu
Muskum
Maori

Languages that start with N
Nagumi
Nahuatl
Navajo
Ndyuka
Nepal Bhasa
Nepali
Ngbee
Northern Thai
Norwegian – Norsk
Nuosu
Nyangia

Languages that start with O
Occidental
Occitan
Ojibwe
Okinawan Japanese
Old Church Slavonic
Old English
Omotik
Odia

Languages that start with P
Pahari
Palula
Pashto
Pattani Malay
Persian
Phoenician
Piman
Pipil
Pitjantjatjara
Plautdietsch
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi language
Pu-Xian Min

Languages that start with Q
Quechuan

Languages that start with R
Raga
Rajasthani
Rohingya
Romani
Romanian
Romansh
Russian
Rusyn
Ruthenian

Languages that start with S
Sami (Inari)
Sami (Kildin)
Sami (Lule)
Sami (Northern)
Sami (Pite)
Sami (Skolt)
Sami (Southern)
Sámi (Ter)
Sami (Ume)
Samoan
Sanskrit
Sardinian
Saurashtra
Scots
Scottish Gaelic
Serbian
Serer
Shan
Shanghaiese
Sherpa language
Shona
Sicilian
Sikkimese
Sindhi
Sinhala
Slovak
Slovene
Somali
Sorani
Sotho
Spanish – Español
Stellingwarfs
Sundanese
Swahili
Swedish
Swiss German
Sylheti

Languages that start with T
Tagalog
Tahitian
Tai Dam
Tai Khün
Tai Lü
Tai Nüa
Tamang
Tamil
Tangut
Tatar
Telugu
Tepes
Teribe
Tetum
Thai
Tibetan
Tigrinya
Tok Pisin
Tongan
Tongva
Tsez
Tswana
Tuareg
Tunica
Turkish
Tulu language

Languages that start with U
Uduk
Ukrainian
Urdu
Uyghur
Uzbek

Languages that start with V
Valencian
Venda
Venetian
Vietnamese
Volapük
Võro

Languages that start with W
Walloon
Warlpiri
Welsh
West Frisian
Wolof
Wu

Languages that start with X
Xaracuu
Xhosa
Xiang
Xibe

Languages that start with Y
Yapese
Yiddish
Yoruba
Yue

Languages that start with Z
Zhuang
Zulu

Conclusion about world language list

So, this is a huge list that we have collected from various sources. People from around the world have contributed to making this list and I salute all the linguists, polyglots, language experts, writers, and researchers who put in their hard work and discovered hidden civilizations with different languages and written forms of communication.

By Imran Soudagar

I'm a writer who loves languages and writes, speaks, and reads 4 amazing languages.

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